Doll shop to host pajama party June 19

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-mqrBcjdCvH.jpg’, ‘Photo by Paul Marek’, ‘Store owner Jan Flanagan (pictured) opened All Dolled Up four years ago at 4010 E. State St.’);

A sign in front of All Dolled Up describes the shop as a “wonderland of dolls.” It is, however, much more than that. The 4010 E. State St. store is filled with not only dolls, but also a variety of toys, stuffed animals and accessories.

Owner Jan Flanagan started the business about four years ago because she felt Rockford had needed a doll shop for quite some time. All Dolled Up features a variety of dolls dating from 1900 to the present. Flanagan explained the store specializes in “Baby Boomer dolls” from the 1950s.

Many vintage celebrity dolls are also available. These immortalize the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Roy Rogers and Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With The Wind.

A number of ethnic dolls also line the shelves with representation from Mexico, Peru, Italy, Poland, Spain, Austria and India. Several Native American dolls are displayed as well.

Along with dolls, the shop carries a selection of accessories.

“We offer a full line of doll clothes and can dress any doll,” Flanagan said. She also pointed out that All Dolled Up features children’s furniture, vintage toys, stuffed animals, games, books, photographs and paintings. Additionally, the store offers a repair service that covers doll restringing, resetting hair, constructing special outfits, and general cleaning.

To celebrate the seasonal release of two Lee Middleton dolls, All Dolled Up will host a party Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since these limited edition dolls are dressed in chenille bathrobes and fuzzy slippers, the event incorporates a pajama party theme. Flanagan explained that those who enter the store wearing slippers or any article of nighttime clothing will receive a free gift and be entered in a drawing to win one of the two Lee Middleton dolls that are being given away. A variety of games will also be held throughout the day, and winners will be awarded special prizes.

While some people consider dolls to be just for children, Flanagan believes they have a wider appeal.

“To me, dolls are an art form,” Flanagan said. “It’s like a form of sculpture. I think dolls form an emotional connection to people at any age.”

Flanagan also expressed that the overall theme of All Dolled Up is “Come Visit Your Childhood.” She believes nostalgia is an influential factor in people’s attraction to dolls. “This will bring back such warm memories of your childhood,” said Flanagan.

All Dolled Up is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information concerning the June 19 pajama party, call 397-3995.

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